Bellafricana Brings African Creativity to Oxford Street, London with a Spectacular Summer Pop-Up Event

bellafricana summer pop up UK

Bellafricana, the renowned tech-enabled community organization that celebrates and enables creative entrepreneurs, is thrilled to announce its highly anticipated Summer Pop-Up Event in Oxford Street, London.

After seven successful years of fostering connections and promoting African craftsmanship in Nigeria, Bellafricana is now ready to captivate the hearts of Londoners with an extraordinary showcase of African talent and their creativity to promote non-oil export in Africa.

The Summer Pop-Up London Event will take place over seven exciting days, from Monday, the 31st of July to Sunday, the 6th of August, at a prime location in London, Oxford Street, Central London (Europe’s busiest shopping street). This exclusive event will bring together a curated selection of the finest African brands, offering a captivating array of handcrafted products across various categories, including fashion, accessories, home decor, beauty, and more.

With a proven track record of hosting six major pop-up events in Nigeria, Bellafricana has gained a reputation for curating exceptional collections that embody the spirit of Africa. This Summer Pop-Up Event in London promises to be a celebration of African culture, craftsmanship, and entrepreneurial spirit.

Attendees will have the unique opportunity to immerse themselves in the vibrancy of African creativity. From intricately woven textiles to bold and contemporary designs, each product tells a story and reflects the rich heritage and diversity of the African continent. Engage with passionate creators, hear the inspiration behind their works, and discover the remarkable talents that Bellafricana’s community represents.

“Our vision at Bellafricana is to showcase the beauty and innovation that Africa possesses,” says Bukky Asehinde, Founder and CEO of Bellafricana, a Nigerian zero oil export Ambassador. “We are thrilled to bring our Summer Pop-Up Event to London, a city renowned for its love of creativity and diverse cultural experiences. Our aim is to bridge the gap between African creatives and the global market, while offering Londoners a unique and authentic shopping experience.” Bellafricana is endorsed by the Nigerian Export Promotion Council, the Federal Government of Nigeria Apex Institution for the promotion, development and diversification of export.

By attending the Bellafricana Summer Pop-Up London Event, patrons not only support and empower African creative entrepreneurs but also gain access to exclusive, handcrafted products that are often hard to find elsewhere. Each purchase made at the event contributes to the growth and sustainability of the creative community, making a tangible impact on the lives of talented individuals and their communities.

Bellafricana’s Summer Pop-Up London Event is a must-attend for fashion enthusiasts, interior design aficionados, art lovers, and anyone seeking distinctive and ethically made products with a story to tell. Join us as we redefine the narrative around African craftsmanship, promote cultural exchange, and celebrate the ingenuity of creative entrepreneurs.

Click here to STOP “N” SHOP a piece of Africa at Bellafricana Summer Pop-Up London on Oxford Street.

Event Details:

● Event Name: Bellafricana Summer Pop-Up London

● Dates: July 31 to August 6

● Venue: 58 Oxford St, London W1D 1BH For more information about Bellafricana and the Summer Pop-Up Event,

Please visit [], register as a vendor at [], get your free tickets to attend the event here, for partnerships or sponsorship email [[email protected]], stay updated on the latest news and updates by following Bellafricana on social media [@bell_africana, @bellafricanauk].

About Bellafricana:

Bellafricana is a tech-enabled community organization that promotes and enables creative entrepreneurs in Africa. Founded in 2016, Bellafricana serves as a platform to showcase the beauty and innovation of African craftsmanship, connecting creative African-owned businesses with a global audience. Through pop-up events, online platforms, and community engagement, Bellafricana celebrates the diversity, heritage, and entrepreneurial spirit of Africa.

Media Contact: Name: Bukky Asehinde, Position: Founder/CEO, Email Address: [email protected], Phone Number: +44 (0) 800 001 6502

Meet The Founder Of Sisi Aladire Enterprises (SAE)

If you’re African, (Nigerian especially) then the word “Adire” is a familiar name to you. In this interview, we had a conversation with a Bellafricana Verified Member, Sisi Aladire, whose Brand has long become a Household name in the world of Adire.

Meet Ms Olubunmi Davies of Sisi Aladire Enterprises (SAE).

Read on to learn about how the amazing Sisi Aladire Enterprises was born, goals for the nearest future, and many more.

Please introduce yourself

I am S. M. Olubunmi Davies (Ms), a retired Architect and the founder/Chief Executive Officer of Sisi Aladire Enterprises(SAE). As a daughter of a diplomat, I went to school in 5 countries.

I actually wanted to be a broadcaster, but a friend of my father, told me to study Architecture. I am a member of Neca’s Network of Entrepreneurial Women (NNEW), an organization that has taught me a lot about being an entrepreneur.

I live and work in Lagos.

Tell us about your work. How did Sisi Aladire Enterprises start?

I started Sisi Aladire Enterprises about 30 years ago.

I really do not remember why I started but I remember talking to late Mrs Okuboyejo (Betti-O) about buying and selling Adire fabrics. I spent a weekend in her house, creating different patterns on plain fabrics. I would go to Abeokuta to buy some Adire to sell to family and friends.

When Betti-O found out the quantity of Adire I was going to buy in Abeokuta, she told me to buy at Tejuosho market because the difference in price was little. The first product made by SAE, is the Yemisi bag, a tote bag which was an improved version of an Ankara bag, given to me by Ms Yemisi Ransome-Kuti.

I got tailors to make outfits for me with Adire which people liked. Orders were made and SAE started making ready to wear garments.

Picture of the Yemisi Bag, as held by Prof. Judith Byfields
 How did you come about the name and what does it mean?

I liked Aladire, but there was already a business with that name, so I added “Sisi” to the “Aladire”.

 What is your niche and how did you know it was a market to get into?

To be truthful, I did not know that there was a niche in the market. I liked the idea of selling Adire and got started.

In the 1980s, I do not believe most people did market research before starting a business.

 Where do you get the inspiration for your products?

Initially, I made outfits or garments that I liked, but after some time, people asked for what they wanted.

At times, I adapt styles that I see on people or in magazines.

Can you remember one of the first products you made?  

Like I said Earlier, the first product was the tote bag named after Ms Yemisi Ransome-Kuti. Although it has been modified over the years, it is still a popular product of SAE.

 What are some of the challenges you face in your business?

I did not do any research before I started my business, because I did not know I was suppose to do so, therefore, issues like funding and structure were not considered at the beginning.

Now, I am working with some consultants on creating a structure for the business.

Tailors, especially good ones are not easy to get. Work ethics is also an issue with tailors.

Do you have any regrets venturing into this line of business?

No, I do not have any regret venturing into this business. Although I wish I knew some of the things I know now when I started.

What is your most popular product?

It is difficult to say. At times, I get orders for kaftans, wrap round skirts, tops or bags. However, I believe I have sold more tote bags than any other product.

To what extent do you draw upon your Nigerian (African) heritage for your work?

Adire is a product of a traditional industry, but we are adapting it to suit contemporary life style.

What are some of your short term and long term goals, both in your business and life in general?

My short term goal for SAE, is to make it very successful, financially, while making Adire fabric, the preferred fabric of choice.

The long term goal, is to have a massive factory with about 10 thousand workers, producing garments, bags, accessories and many other products with Adire fabrics.

What would people be surprised to learn about you?

Most people are usually surprised when I tell them that I am an Architect.

What profession would you be in if you weren’t in this Industry?

I think I will like to be a painter.

If you could give one piece of advice to anyone who wants to start their own business in your industry, what would it be?

Anyone who wants to start a business, any business, must be steadfast, have a positive mindset and be ready for setbacks.

Connect with Ms Buunmi Davies on Instagram @sisialadire. Otherwise, you can reach her on +2348023343453

Follow us on Instagram @bell_africana for more amazing creative indigenous brands, and to fine out more about the beauty of Africa.

Mimiremi Textiles; Proudly Hand Printed In Lagos, Nigeria

The African culture is rich, strong, colorful, diverse and powerful. Mimiremi textiles new collection of prints titled ‘OTU’, which means ‘1’(ONE) in Igbo language has its strength both in the pattern and the symbolic nature of the number one.


Speaking about the new collection, Aderonke Jaiyeola, founder of Mimiremi Textiles said, “I remember vividly that cool Saturday afternoon in 2012, light drizzle of rain dropping on me and the table in front of me as I struggled to print 2 yards of fabrics in front of the house using the screen printing method. Discouraged by the stress of the work and the imperfect print I made, I ventured into other things.

For many years I’ve had the passion to help designers create unique Custom made designs for their brand without stress. Earlier in the year, I was determined to start printing our fabrics in Nigeria. Despite big hurdles, disappointments and sleepless nights, I am happy to finally present our first collection of hand printed fabrics to my dear friends and colleagues…’ OTU (NO 1)”.

Hand printed textiles from Mimiremi  the Otu Collection
The Otu Collection From Mimiremi Textiles

Aderonke was also delighted to let us know that now;

  1. All can now print exclusive patterns and fabrics from Mimiremi locally without travelling over land and seas.
  2. The brand now help fashion designers create awesome prints they’ve been dreaming of without paying high shipping/custom duty.
  3.  By producing locally, Mimiremi is able to achieve the following goals in line with the United Nations Sustainable development goals, They support Goal 1 (NO poverty), Goal 8 (Decent work and economic growth), Goal 9 (Industry and Economic growth) and Goal 10 (Reduced inequalities).
  4.  The brand can now proudly print ‘Made in Nigeria’ on their products.
  5.  You can be sure of having unending collection of fresh prints from their studio.

At Mimiremi Textiles, it is not just about fabrics, It’s about the rich African story that is told through the prints.
With the creative industry in Nigeria gaining unprecedented international exposure, the industry has been seen as an alternative to the nation’s dwindling oil fortunes.

One part of the creative industry is fashion and their raw material is textiles (fabrics), with the average Nigerians love for fashion and asoebi, if Nigeria can produce their own fabrics ( which Mimiremi is now doing), coupled with the design talent, the sky will not be the limit for the industry.

As a closing remark she said, ” as we launch our first collection of fabrics hand printed in Nigeria ‘OTU’, I look forward to the day when other African countries will begin to depend on Nigeria for their supply of fabrics.”

To Contact Mimiremi;

Email: [email protected]

Call; 08034898474

Connect on Instagram; Mimiremi

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Looking back in the olden times, the Kente cloth is reserved for the Kings and is associated with royalty and sacredness. Even in recent times, it is worn only during important times. Though the cloth has widespread acceptance and usage it is still held in high esteem among the Akan tribe and the Ghanaians in general.

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